The holiday island of Crete, or Kriti has two things that distinguish it from most other Greek islands - it's magnificent mountains and a remarkably rich culture and history.
Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, with a population mainly confined to the north coast by the huge mountain ranges that make up the backbone of this long, slender island.
Much of the eastern area of Crete is now lost to package tourism but the west of the island has the magnificent mountains, the more rugged coastline and the less crowded beaches.
But whichever part of Crete you choose for a holiday there is sure to be a good range of quality Crete hotels to choose from as this is one of the most popular of the Greek holiday islands.
The long summers and the warm, mild winters ensure that Crete holidays attract visitors throughout the year. Those heading inland will find monumental mountains, an abundant archaeological heritage, spirited social history and some spine-tingling scenery.
Those looking for a Greek beach holiday will also find plenty to choose from with luxury hotels a firm favourite. Beaches vary from quiet, deserted coves with a single beach cantina to long swathes of golden sand packed with sunbeds and every kind of tourist facility.
In short, Crete holidays have just about everything for everyone, while the locals have a well justified reputation for friendliness to foreigners.